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After registering in Montevideo in just one hour its monthly average of rains, the public company National Administration of Usinas and Electric Transmissions (UTE) of Uruguay reported that around 18:00 (local time) around 14,000 clients remain affected throughout the country.

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“Likewise, 300 damaged columns have been identified and problems persist in seven flooded substations as a result of the storm,” said the company after an intense storm was recorded on the night of January 16.

According to the UTE, the storm caused more than 120 fallen poles and left more than 25,000 people without electricity last Saturday in much of the country and they have already restored more than 75 percent of the service.



According to what was reported by local media, in reference to the electricity supply, at 10:45 (local time) 10,367 people were reported without power, 1.8 percent of the service.

The Ministry of the Interior reported that “as a result of the weather, Firefighters responded to 248 requests for interventions in different parts of the country, of which there were 164 evacuations, 67 tree falls, nine column falls and eight collapses.”

The mayor of Montevideo, Carolina Cosse, remarked this Monday that at the moment no deaths or injuries have been reported, and given the opinions of users on networks and journalists about the collapse of the drainage system, the official said that “the capacity of streams, ravines , of the large tubes and of the micro and macrodrainage was overcome”.

“It has nothing to do with sanitation,” said Carolina Cosse, who said that the drainage system was not prepared to receive so much rainfall.



The Uruguayan Institute of Meteorology (Inumet) reported that between 50 and 100 millimeters (mm) were recorded in Montevideo and between 50 and 120 mm in Canelones “with the rains being more intense between 05:00 and 07:00 local time”, while the Center Montevideo Emergency Coordinator, stated that in just one hour more than 100 millimeters of water fell, which represents the same volume of rainfall expected for a month.

Inumet’s forecast chief, Néstor Santayana, indicated that “these situations of rains and storms that will affect one area and then move to another, with episodes of temporary improvements, will be repeated.”



Another of the meteorological events that impacted the South American territory was the heat wave that invaded Argentina, which borders Uruguay. Rains and heat wave as consequences of global warming.

According to the United Nations Organization (UN) to avoid a warming of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, we must reduce emissions 7.6 percent each year, between now and 2030.

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